[2 Ways] iPad to USB File Transfer Without iTunes

Want to transfer files from iPad to USB but iTunes cannot meet your needs? You can try the two ways in this guide to complete iPad to USB file transfer without iTunes.


By Demi / Updated on May 31, 2024

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Can you transfer files from iPad to USB without iTunes?

Want to transfer files from iPad to USB? You may intend to make it using iTunes, while you may encounter kinds of troubles, such as unsupported file format, unexpected software glitches, and so on. Then, you may wonder if you can achieve iPad to USB file transfer without iTunes.

iPad To USB

Fortunately, you can make it. In this guide, you will know how to transfer files from iPad to USB without iTunes but via other two ways.

Since iPados 13, iPad supports external hard drives and flash drives. That means you can move files freely between the external hard drive and iPad. You can also make use of powerful data transfer software to make it. Keep reading to know more details.

iPad to USB file transfer without iTunes but via Files app

As long as your iPad is running on iPadOS 13 and later, the built-in Files app will make iPad to USB file transfer a piece of cake. Let’s take transferring photos from iPad to flash drive as an example to tell you how to transfer a file from iPad to USB stick without a computer.

Step 1. Connect your USB to iPad with a compatible USB cable.

▪ For iPad Pro 2018 and later and USB-C flash drive, just connect them directly.

▪ For other models of iPad, you should use a Lightning to USB adapter to connect iPad and USB.

Step 2. Go to the Photos app on your iPad > Choose the photos and videos you want to transfer to USB > Tap the Share icon > Tap Save to Files.

Step 3. Locate and choose your flash drive > Choose a folder to save these files > Tap Save to finish.

Save Files To Flash Drive

The steps will be almost the same if you need to transfer other types of files from iPad to USB.

One click iPad to USB file transfer without iTunes

FoneTool, the professional data transfer software for iOS devices, can help you transfer files between iDevice and computer/flash drive/external hard drive, as well as two iDevices.

▶ Fast speed. For example, FoneTool can transfer 100 photos from iPad to computer in just 3 seconds. 
▶ Preview and select files. FoneTool allows you to preview and choose the wanted files from iPad to USB, external hard drive, and so on.
▶ No data loss. Keep the original quality of transferred files, and do no harm to the previous files on your devices.
▶ Wide compatibility. Compatible with models of iPad, including the latest iPad/iPad Pro 2022, Windows 7/8/10/11 and Windows Server.

Now free download FoneTool on your Windows PC and follow the steps below to know how to transfer files from iPad to computer in a few clicks.

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Step 1. Launch FoneTool > Plug in your iPad and USB flash drive. (You may need to enter the passcode on iPad and tap Trust to let the software access your device.)

Step 2. On the Home screen, click Phone Transfer > Mouse over to iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

Transfer To Computer

Step 3. Click the “+” icon > Preview and choose the files you want to transfer > Click OK to continue.

Choose Photos

Step 4. Select the USB flash drive as the destination from Transfer Settings > Click Start Transfer to begin.


When it is completed, click OK and unplug your iPad.


That’s all for the two ways for iPad to USB file transfer without iTunes, You can plug the USB to iPad directly to import files to USB.

Alternatively, FoneTool, the iOS data transfer and backup software, is also a nice choice for you. You can make use of it to not only share files, but also backup iPad to computer.

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Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.